Still life in oils: Day 1

18 March 2013

I've been wanting to try painting with oils for some time, so I signed up for another course at the London Atelier of Representational Art. This is going to be five days of painting a perishable still life: objects that are going to deteriorate over the week.

Day 1: Painted the canvas with a thin wash of burnt sienna, cadmium red, and white oil paint, as the ground for the following layers. The paint had lots of siccative in in to make it dry fast. Meanwhile, we made a sight-size drawing of the subject. When the canvas was dry, we transferred the drawing to it, and then painted in the black background.